News and Developments

New University Professional Practice and Work-based Learning Programmes

02.02.2011

Mandy Herriott from Carmarthen is a therapist in private practice specialising in counselling guidance and supervision, business coaching and personal development. As a result of her work, she lectures at local colleges on therapy issues to adult students who are attending counsellor and psychotherapy training.

She is also studying for an MA in Professional Practice at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David by gaining credits for prior certificated learning and more credits for her experiential learning through modules and further study.

“Since 1992, I have certainly topped up my people and handling situations skills integrating those learnt within the police service with the therapeutic skills developed as a counselling therapist,” explains Mandy.

“When I started a Postgraduate Certificate in Supervision with another University two years ago, I was introduced to the MA programme offered at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Since then, I have not looked back.

“I did not realise how many hours of training, practice and personal development I had acquired over the past nineteen years and I feel enthusiastic about studying my Masters with the University drawing on wisdom from my work based learning.

“I have received fantastic support from the staff and have now commenced a mentoring module”, concludes Mandy.

Mandy will be one of two keynote speakers at the forthcoming launch of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s new professional practice and work-based learning projects at Parc y Scarlets on 2 March 2011 and Pembrokeshire Science and Technology Park on 8 March 2011. These projects have been made possible by the EU’s Convergence European Social Fund through the Welsh Assembly Government.

Rupert Moon, former Wales International and Scarlets rugby player and current commercial director for Parc y Scarlets will also be in attendance on 2 March and will share his personal experiences on the importance of training within small businesses.

On 8 March we are pleased to welcome Andrew Evans, Managing Director of St Brides Spa Hotel who will talk about his commitment to training and development.

LATERAL and Mentoring our Workforce are programmes within the Professional Practice Framework at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Employees can earn credits for the skills they already possess and for mentoring their colleagues– which will be available at no cost to those employed in small or medium sized businesses.

LATERAL was created to help employees identify and gain formal accreditation for the skills, capabilities and higher-level information they use at work, awarding credits which lead to a certificate, diploma, degree or postgraduate qualification.

The purpose of ‘Mentoring our Workforce’ is to offer training with credits to members of staff acting as mentors – basing the training on practical work and on improving the relationship between the individual learner and the needs of their company.

Each individual learner will receive support from module tutors, workforce development fellows and the programme coordinator.

As students at the University, they will also be offered support from the Student Services Department and the Learning Resources Centre. LATERAL staff are also collaborating with a number of Sector Skills Councils to ensure that the sector’s needs are being met while planning and organising credits.

Both schemes part-funded by the European Social Fund will aim to use new technology in order to reach various workers. The intention is to create resources available online for the iPhone and iPad, while e-books will be available to support learning. There will also be further contact via blogs and twitter.

According to Mr Kevin Matherick, Dean of Faculty of Arts and Social Studies:

“During the current economic downturn, helping to develop the skills of employees and employers is vital.

“These are innovative and exciting new programmes and are part of the vision of the Professional Practice framework and provides student-centred learning opportunities that are accessible, flexible, inclusive, lifelong and of the highest quality. We are keen to work in partnership with employers and employees to shape and deliver new and relevant higher education programmes which advance professionalism across all employment sectors.”

A major attraction of LATERAL and Mentoring to employees is the opportunity to gain accreditation for the learning that they do every day in the workplace. Many employers are already seeing this as an opportunity to add value to their own workforce development programmes by developing the skills of their staff whilst also providing them with a means of gaining a university level qualification.

Meri Huws, Pro Vice Chancellor added:

“The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is the first University in Wales to offer these bilingual programmes and it signifies an exciting opportunity for both employers and employees.

“The framework also addresses the specific requirements of bilingualism in Wales, and offers the opportunity for employees to develop bilingual skills for their specific workplace context and for employers to deliver bilingual services which can improve their business needs.

Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice Chancellor concludes:

“This is a part of major developments at the University which will enable employers and employees to tap into the expertise available here. Through such developments the University will engage with the private, public and voluntary sectors to ensure that its provision is demand-led and focuses on the skills needed by employers in Wales and beyond. As a Community University, we are in a prime position to address skills shortages within the region and to make a positive contribution to its economic regeneration”.

Note to Editor

  1. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is working with Swansea Metropolitan University, Coleg Sir G­âr, Pembrokeshire College and Coleg Ceredigion to create a dual sector university. This means that the institutions will work as a group to provide progression routes and choices for students as well as programmes of study that respond to the needs of employers in the region.
  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David offers a range of innovative and exciting Business programmes in both English and Welsh. Please see www.tsd.ac.uk/en/schoolofbusiness
  3. Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/trinitystdavid. Newsfeeds are available at www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/rssfeeds.
  4. The Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) is part of the Welsh Assembly Government's Department for Economy and Transport and is responsible for administering the European Structural Funds in Wales. For the period 2007-2013, Wales has been allocated some £1.9 billion by the European Union which will be channelled through the Convergence programmes for West Wales and the Valleys and the Regional Competitiveness and Employment programmes for East Wales. These funds will generate an investment of over £3 billion and will be used to improve economic growth and employment in line with the Welsh Assembly Government’s strategies and the EU’s Lisbon and Gothenburg agendas. WEFO’s aim is to ensure the European Structural Funds programmes 2007–2013 work efficiently and effectively for Wales, as well as overseeing the conclusion of the 2000-2006 programmes.

Further Information

Lowri Harris
Project Officer

Tel: 01267 676814
Email: l.m.Harris@tsd.co.uk